Community Internship Consortium (CIC)

The Chicago School’s Community Internship Consortium

Please note: The Chicago School Community Internship Consortium is APPIC approved. Please see the APPIC website listing under The Chicago School Community Internship Consortium for details.

Building upon partnerships with Chicago area community agencies and organizations, the CIC offers a 12-month, full-time doctoral internship, consistent with a practitioner-scholar approach, that focuses on community-based clinical practice, and that prepares graduates for leadership roles in community agencies or organizations. The primary goals of the training program are to offer specialty training working with underserved and diverse populations, facilitate opportunities for continued growth in clinical service provision, and expose participants to the social, economic, and other organizational and contextual issues that impact community-based work.

Within the consortium training model Interns are assigned to one of three clinical consortium sites. Interns attend trainings and workshops at each of the sites and participate in weekly cohort activities that allow for the sharing of knowledge and experiences across sites. Additionally, the consortium model provides agencies and institutions the opportunity to network and share knowledge, while providing doctoral Interns with a diverse and comprehensive training experience.

The CIC places an emphasis on multicultural competence and appreciation for the crucial role of diversity factors in the work of a psychologist. As such, we are particularly interested in applications from trainees whose experiences and backgrounds reflect elements of diversity. Through expanding the perspectives of our clinical team to encompass the voices of the community, the CIC as a whole is better able to address the needs of our clients within the community.

Note that the CIC is partially affiliated with The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, however applicants from other schools are welcome to apply.

To download the CIC Training Manual, click here.

The Chicago School’s Community Internship Consortium was awarded accreditation on contingency effective March 17, 2017 by the APA’s Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation. 

APA ACCREDITED PROGRAM

(Accredited on Contingency, March 17, 2017)

American Psychological Association
Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
750 First Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002-4242

(T) 202- 336-5979
(F) 202-336-5978

Website:www.apa.org/ed/accreditation
Email: [email protected]

Internship Admissions, Support, and Initial Placement Data

Date Program Tables are updated: 6/25/2018

Please follow the link to access our recent training data: IR C-27 Data 2013-2016

CIC Program Information

The Chicago School Community Internship Consortium is housed within The Chicago School of Professional Psychology.

What We Offer:

  • Full Time, 12-month, 2,000-hour program in one of these three exciting settings:
    • Pillars Community Services: Community Mental Health Center
    • Lawrence Hall Youth Services: Youth Residential Treatment Program
    • The Forensic Center: Forensic Services/Community Mental Health Center
  • Advanced skills in assessment and intervention in a community-based setting.
  • Enhanced consultative, administrative and leadership skills.
  • Increased multicultural competence in working within underserved communities.
  • Refined understanding of ethical considerations and professional conduct.
  • Extensive supervision, including individual and group, as well as supervision of supervision.
  • A weekly didactic series focusing on current issues in the field of psychology.

What We Require:

  • Enrollment in a doctoral degree program in clinical or counseling psychology, preferably from an APA accredited school.
  • Completion of all course work, training, and comprehensive exams prior to starting internship
  • Commitment to serving diverse and underserved communities.
  • Solid clinical, leadership, organizational, and communication skills
  • Desire and ability to serve as excellent representatives of the program to the training community and as mentors and supervisors to student trainees.
  • Strong clinical skills, in both intervention and assessment competencies.

Application Due By: November 23, 2018

For the 2018-2019 training year, the consortium will participate in the APPIC match process and will utilize the AAPI process (www.appic.org—Click on “AAPI Online”). Visit the APPIC website for more detailed information about the training program

To learn more, visit the my.thechicagoschool.edu website.

For more information, contact:

Megan Pietrucha, PsyD
Director of Office of Placement & Training, Chicago Campus
Director of Clinical Training

325 N Wells, Suite 728
Chicago, IL 60654
[email protected]
312-379-1678

Program Philosophy and Objectives

The CIC aims to promote the development of clinical and consultation skills within psychological services agencies as well as knowledge related to administration and leadership roles. The training program prepares future psychologists whose career goals include activities such as; community-based practice and scholarship, program development, consultation, serving underserved populations, and outreach. CIC follows a practitioner-scholar model, nested within a developmental approach, which encourages students to apply scholarship to practice, to learn through sequential and gradual development of the clinical and professional skills necessary to become well rounded professionals. At the completion of the training program, Interns are expected to have developed knowledge, skills and professional attitudes across the basic areas of professional psychology. Formal training in the areas of evidence-based practice in intervention, evidence based practice in assessment, consultation and interprofessional/interdisciplinary skills, supervision, cultural and individual diversity, research, ethical and legal standards, professional values and attitudes, and communication andinterpersonal skills.

Program Structure

The CIC program is a full-time, 12-month, 2000 hour program. Each Intern will spend at least four days per week at his/her clinical training site and one-half to one full day per week at rotating training sites.

Interns will primarily engage in direct clinical services, consultation, outreach, and scholarly activities. In this role, Interns will engage in approximately 20-25 hours of weekly face-to-face clinical time, please see the chart below for a full break down of weekly Intern activities. Interns will be matched with a consortium site based on prior experience and training goals. At the outset of the training year, each Intern will complete a Training Contract with his/her primary supervisor, outlining the goals, requirements, and activities within the training experience. The Training Contract will also detail the Intern’s weekly schedule. In addition to their site duties and responsibilities, Interns participate in cohort learning activities that take place at rotating training sites. The cohort learning experiences include: 1) supervision of supervision, which focuses on providing support and training around supervising trainees at the intern’s site; 2.) a didactic series that features guest speakers, workshops, and case presentations, and 3) group supervision, which will focus on professional development, supervision of supervision, and other training issues.

Each Intern will participate in two hours of individual supervision per week, either with two consortium site supervisors - primary and secondary - or alternately with a primary consortium site supervisor and a secondary supervisor identified by The Chicago School.

Doctoral interns will additionally participate in didactics, trainings, case conferences, and staffings at their clinical sites. The CIC is also partially affiliated with The Chicago School, and therefore applicants from The Chicago School will be weighted more.

Activities General Allocation of Time per Week
Individual Supervision 2 hours
Group Supervision 5 (3 from training day, average 2 on site)
Provision of Supervision by Intern 1-3 hours
Didactic Training 2 hours
Assessment 4 hours
Direction Intervention 14-16 hours
Intern Project 2 hours
Administration
(Clinical notes, scoring and report writing)
10-15 hours

Consortium Training Team

Megan Pietrucha, Psy.D. – Director of Clinical Training

Megan Pietrucha, Psy.D. is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in Illinois and is currently the Director of the Office of Placement and Training for TCSPP. Within this role, Dr. Pietrucha oversees the Clinical Training for the TCSPP Chicago campus as well as serves as the Training Director for the CIC. She holds both a Masters of Arts degree and Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology/Argosy University, Chicago. Dr. Pietrucha has worked and trained in a variety of settings including a number of college counseling centers, intensive outpatient and residential treatment for mood and eating disorders, a cancer support community, adolescent eating, and behavioral health camps, and higher education as an administrator and professor. She completed an APA-accredited pre-doctoral internship at Illinois State University’s Student Counseling Services where she specialized in providing consultation services for the athletics department and in the treatment of eating disorders. Dr. Pietrucha continues to focus her clinical work on the treatment of eating disorders and sport psychology as well as the provision of training and supervision. Dr. Pietrucha is a member of the American Psychological Association (APA) and the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP).

 

Michelle Malters, Psy.D.-Intern and Administrative Supervisor

Dr. Malters recently earned her Doctorate of Clinical Psychology from Adler University. Dr. Malters is the Intern and Administrative supervisor for The Chicago School’s Community Internship Consortium. In this role, she focuses on administrative activities and provides group supervision to the doctoral interns. Dr. Malters has worked with diverse populations in community mental health, college counseling, inpatient, and correctional settings. She specializes in working with those who identify as part of the LGBTQIA+ community and has additional specialized experience working with those who have experienced trauma. 

Consortium Site Supervisors Pillars Community:

Leslie Crea-Kammerer, Psy.D.

Dr. Crea-Kammerer is a licensed clinical psychologist currently employed at Pillars, a not-for-profit Community Mental Health Center serving the southwestern suburbs of Chicago. She completed her undergraduate work at Drew University in Madison, New Jersey, and earned an M.A. and a Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Chicago, Illinois. She provides individual and family therapy to children, adolescents, and adults in the community, and specializes in addressing issues related to trauma, anxiety and other mood disorders, self-injury, relational aggression and bullying, and sensory issues and Pervasive Developmental Disorders. She also facilitates a DBT Skills Group for adults at Pillars. Dr. Crea-Kammerer utilizes treatment modalities including CBT, DBT, ACT, and TF-CBT, as well as play therapy, relational techniques, and family therapy models. She has strong interests in psychological testing, program development and evaluation, and the assessment of treatment outcomes and effectiveness for informing clinical practices or programs. Dr. Crea-Kammerer greatly enjoys providing clinical supervision and oversees the pre-doctoral and post-doctoral training programs at Pillars, while also providing supervision to M.A. student interns and other staff. Prior to working at Pillars, Dr. Crea-Kammerer was employed or completed clinical training at settings including inpatient and outpatient hospital settings, community mental health centers, a therapeutic day school, and the Chicago Catholic School System. She is also a member of the American Psychological Association (APA) and Illinois Psychological Association (IPA), and served as Treasurer for the Illinois Psychological Association of Graduate Students (IPAGS) while in graduate school. Dr. Crea-Kammerer has also taught courses as an Adjunct Faculty in the MACC program at The Chicago School including Research Methods, Assessment and Treatment of Child and Adolescent Trauma, and Introduction to Clinical Assessment.

Carol Reid, Psy.D.

Dr. Reid is a licensed clinical psychologist currently employed at Pillars Community Health, a not-for-profit Community Mental Health Center serving the Southwestern suburbs of Chicago. She also works as a clinical director of a private practice in the Chicagoland area providing individual, family, and group therapy services to individuals across the age range, as well as supervision to staff and trainees. Dr. Reid completed her undergraduate work at North Central College. She completed her PsyD in Clinical Psychology at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Dr. Reid provides clinical supervision to pre-doctoral interns, externs and supervision in the psychological testing program. She brings experience in treating trauma, mood and anxiety disorders, and developmental disorders. She also has experience in providing psychological testing for a spectrum of presenting concerns. Dr. Reid’s theoretical focus is in systemic theory, focusing on the complex interactions between individuals with mental health concerns and the systems they interact with or are affected by. She focuses on the relationship between therapist and client to build self-awareness and skills to better navigate the complex world the client lives within. Dr. Reid also teaches part-time at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, with a focus on courses including seminar and professional practice, psychopathology, assessment and treatment of children and adolescents, developmental disabilities and biopsychosocial aspects of medical conditions.

Shay McManus, Psy.D.

Dr. McManus is a licensed clinical psychologist currently employed at Pillars Community Health, a not-for-profit Community Mental Health Center serving the Southwestern suburbs of Chicago.  She also works at a private practice in the Chicagoland area providing individual, family, and couples therapy services to individuals across the age range.  Dr. McManus completed her undergraduate work at the University of Detroit Mercy, earning a dual degree in Psychology and Addiction Studies.  She completed her PsyD in Clinical Psychology at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology in the Child and Adolescent track.  Dr. McManus provides clinical supervision to pre-doctoral interns and supervision in the psychological testing program.  She brings experience in treating PTSD, complex trauma, mood and anxiety disorders, and personality disorders.  She also has experience in providing psychological and neuropsychological testing for a spectrum of presenting concerns.  She also specializes in addressing women’s and LGBTQ issues, as well as other issues relating to diversity.  Dr. McManus’s theoretical focus is in Relational-Cultural Theory, focusing on the systemic issues facing individuals with mental health concerns, self-advocacy, and self-care.  She also utilizes ACT, DBT, and CBT treatment modalities with her clients.  Prior to coming to Pillars Community Health, Dr. McManus taught psychology at Roosevelt University; her courses included Multicultural Psychology, Human Sexuality, Psychopathology, Understanding Diversity, and Child Abuse & Family Violence.  She is a member of America Psychological Association, National Educators Association, and Association for Women in Psychology.  

Consortium Site Supervisors Lawrence Hall Youth Services:

Mitchell Sandy, Psy.D.

Dr. Sandy is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago and the College of DuPage. 

Dr. Sandy earned a doctoral degree (Psy.D.) in Clinical Psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology in 2007, and he later joined Lawrence Hall Youth Services in December that year. From 2009-2015, Dr. Sandy held the position of Director of Clinical Services. He is currently the Vice President of Health and Residential Services. He is a State of Illinois Licensed Clinical Psychologist who has extensive experiences providing clinical services to school-aged children, adolescents, and families involved in the Child Welfare System, as well as the Juvenile Justice System. Dr. Sandy utilized an eclectic approach to psychotherapy and clinical supervision that incorporates aspects of relational, attachment, and cognitive-behavioral theory and treatment. His areas of professional interest include trauma and attachment issues, juvenile delinquency, risk assessment, and family therapy. Dr. Sandy also is a member of a group practice in Oak Park, IL that provides services to school-aged children, adolescents, young adults, and families. Dr. Sandy is also an Adjunct Faculty at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology.  

Ashley Newlove, PsyD.

Dr. Ashley Newlove is a Chicago School Alumnus, obtaining her doctoral degree from the Clinical Psy.D. Department. She has specialized training and interest in evidenced-based treatment, including Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Interventions, and Structured Psychotherapy for Adolescents Responding to Chronic Stress (SPARCS). She began her career working in residential treatment facilities for adolescent youth, completing her pre-doctoral internship with The Chicago School of Professional Psychology Community Leadership Consortium, Lawrence Hall Child and Family Treatment Center rotation. Dr. Newlove remained employed with Lawrence Hall through the completion of her post-doctoral hours and has a strong interest in the implementation of trauma-informed practices across child welfare settings. Dr. Newlove has a strong interest in working with clients that have been affected by complex trauma, through the modalities of individual, family, and group work across the lifespan. She also specializes in the treatment of depression, anxiety, PTSD, traumarelated issues, self-injury, self-esteem issues, and anger. Her clinical experiences include working with incarcerated youth, helping clients with community re-integration, group dynamics, attachment, and emotion regulation. In addition, she has spent several years providing individual and secondary supervision to pre-doctoral and practicum trainees. Currently, Dr. Newlove is a clinical supervisor at Lawrence Hall. In this position, she conducts supervision for staff clinicians, practicum students, and pre-doctoral interns that work within the foster care outpatient program, child and family treatment center, and older adolescent program. In this position Dr. Newlove also maintains a small caseload of clients, prepares and facilities clinical trainings for both staff and clients, and is involved with a variety of administrative tasks and program development. 

Consortium Site Supervisors The Forensic Center:

Michael Russell, LCSW, Executive Director, Forensic Center

Michael Russell is the Executive Director for The Chicago School Forensic Center, an on-campus, community mental health center which provides a broad array of mental health services to adults, children, and families referred by the court system. The Forensic Center also serves as a dynamic learning and training center for TCS students. Prior to joining the Forensic Center in 2017, Mr. Russell served in various leadership roles at the City Colleges of Chicago, most recently as District Director for Specialized Student Services. At City Colleges, Mr. Russell led the establishment of student counseling centers at the system’s seven community colleges. During his tenure, the centers grew to serve more than 10,000 students annually and became one of the largest student counseling centers in the nation. Mr. Russell also provided oversight for veteran student support, accommodations for students with disabilities, and student access to health care and other basic needs.  Mr. Russell holds a BS in Journalism from West Virginia University, an MSW from the University of Illinois of Chicago, and an MA in Political Science, also from UIC.  A passionate advocate for access to affordable health care for persons with disabilities, he has served on the Chicago ADA 25 anniversary committee, the Healthy Chicago Interagency Council, and the Mayor’s Task Force on Employment and Economic Opportunity for Persons with Disabilities. Mr. Russell has worked as a psychotherapist at numerous social services agencies and in private practice for more than 20 years, specializing in couples therapy and manager-employee relations.

Ana Belmonte, Psy.D.

Dr. Ana Belmonte is a licensed clinical psychologist in Illinois and Wisconsin.  She earned her Psy.D. in Clinical Forensic Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in 2017.  She currently is a Staff Psychologist at The Chicago School Forensic Center within the fitness restoration program.  Dr. Belmonte additionally serves as an Adjunct Instructor for the Department of Forensic Psychology at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology where she has taught courses such as Introduction to Forensic Psychology; Forensic Documentation, Report Writing, and Testifying; and Evaluation and Treatment of the Juvenile Offender.  Dr. Belmonte completed her pre-doctoral internship and post-doctoral fellowship at the Kane County Diagnostic Center where she completed general psychological evaluations, sex offender evaluations, risk assessments, fitness evaluations, and pre-employment screenings on candidates applying for positions within the Kane County Sheriff’s Department.  Dr. Belmonte’s clinical and research interests include evaluation and assessment with forensic populations and issues related to family law, such as divorce, parenting capacity, and child custody.  She has extensive training in the evaluation and treatment of forensic populations, including completing practicum trainings at Cook County Juvenile Probation, Illinois Youth Center- St. Charles, and DuPage County Court and Probation Services.  In her current position as Staff Psychologist within the fitness restoration program, Dr. Belmonte conducts fitness evaluations on individuals who have been found unfit to stand trial and ordered to participate in outpatient fitness restoration services.  She additionally carries a small caseload of fitness restoration treatment clients.  Dr. Belmonte is a clinical supervisor for The Chicago School Community Internship Consortium, as well as for doctorate-level practicum students at The Chicago School Forensic Center.

 Natalie Petrovich, Psy.D.

Dr. Natalie Petrovich is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist at The Chicago School Forensic Center, where she serves as a clinical supervisor and provides evaluations and treatment to children and families, who have had contact in the legal sector as well as general services to the community. She holds a master’s degree in Clinical Professional Psychology from Roosevelt University and a doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Adler University. Dr. Petrovich has received training in a variety of clinical settings serving diverse populations, including community mental health, college counseling centers, private practice, and an inpatient behavioral hospital. She completed her training at an APA accredited pre-doctoral internship at the University of Central Florida Counseling and Psychological Services and her post-doctoral fellowship at Marquette University Counseling Center. Her main areas of clinical interest include child and adolescent assessment, adult assessment, mood and anxiety disorders, identity development, parent-training, complex trauma, and couples and family therapy. Dr. Petrovich’s approach to treatment is integrative that blends interpersonal-process, attachment theory, and family systems. Dr. Petrovich is a member of the American Psychological Association (APA).

Professional Development and Scholarship

Beyond the regularly scheduled training experiences, Interns are encouraged to participate in local conferences, meetings, and other professional development and scholarly activities. Interns will be allowed to participate in agency-based conferences or trainings as available with the agency with permission from the Training Director.

The CIC encourages Interns to get involved with clinical and/or institutional research projects at their sites. Some sites sponsor community engaged scholarship projects, and interns may have the opportunity to participate in such projects depending on their availability. Additionally, each intern will be required to complete an individual project, wherein they will identify a community or agency need and develop and oversee a project aimed at responding to that need.

Doctoral interns should consult with their primary supervisors regarding training and research opportunities, and interns should include scholarly goals and activities in their Training Contracts.

Consortium Sites

Three clinical consortium sites and one non-clinical consortium site will participate in the internship program for the 2017-2018 training year. They are Pillars Community Services, Lawrence Hall Youth Services and the Forensic Center as well as The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Below are descriptions of each of the sites and their training positions.

Pillars Community Services

Pillars is the largest not-for-profit provider of mental health and social services in western and southwestern suburbs of Chicago. During the fiscal year 2015, Pillars served nearly 11,500 clients who reside in over 120 local communities.  Services offered include psychiatric treatment, mental health counseling, addictions, mental illness and substance abuse, child and family services, sexual assault, domestic violence, homeless and employment services, early Head Start, Head Start, and infant and toddler services. In the past year, Pillars served 4,097 clients within the specific service line of mental health. A wide range of diversity is found within this cohort.  Clients self-identified as 61% female and 39% male and the majority of clients claimed an age between 18 and 64. Also, clients identified as less than 1 % Asian or Pacific Islander, 10% African-American, 24% other, 27% Hispanic or Latino, and 39% Caucasian.  Pillars is committed to serving economically disadvantaged communities.  Within the mental health, domestic violence, and sexual assault service lines, 74.5% of clients reported to live below 100% of the Federal Poverty Line (FPL).  24% of clients served had an income between 100%-200% of the FPL, and 1.5 % lived with an income at 200% and above the FPL.

Pillars utilizes a “wraparound” approach, which involves an integrated, diverse, broad and comprehensive suite of programs and interventions. The agency is committed to respecting diversity, promoting and advocating for social justice, offering innovative and quality services, and acting as a responsible and involved member of the communities it serves.

As an agency with multiple service delivery sites in the southwest suburbs of Chicago, Pillars provides services including psychological testing, psychiatric treatment, mental health counseling, addictions, Mental Illness Substance Abuse, child and family services, integrated primary and behavioral health care, sexual assault, domestic violence, homeless and employment services. Through the Child and Family Development Center, Pillars also provides Head Start and Infant and Toddler services.

Training Activities: Over the course of the year, Interns are expected to carry a caseload of approximately 10-15 clients, complete 4-6 psychological assessments, and have the opportunity to develop and run an outpatient therapy group.  The purpose of these activities is to train interns to effectively serve the surrounding community by providing culturally competent interventions and wraparound services to clients.  Interns are expected to consult with the multiple programs and multidisciplinary staff within Pillars. The purpose of this is to ensure that the most comprehensive and clinically appropriate services are provided to clients.  Additionally, case management services are necessary in order to help connect clients with community-based resources and supports. The Intern works with children, adolescents, families and adults presenting with a broad range of serious emotional disturbance and mental health issues.

In 2018 Pillars partnered with Community Nurse Health Association (CNHA), a nonprofit, reduced-cost integrated care medical clinic for adults and children, to provide integrated primary and behavioral health care to the underserved and under- or uninsured individuals in the La Grange area. This location is referred to as the "23 Calendar Ave" site for Pillars interns. Responsibilities at this site may include individual, couples, group and family therapy delivered in a short-term, evidence-based treatment model, as well as consultation with medical professionals, case management, and outreach to medical patients and community members. Preference will be given to bilingual (Spanish) applicants as well as applicants who have experience providing treatment in a primary health care system.

Lawrence Hall Youth Services

Client Demographics: Lawrence Hall is a not-for-profit child welfare agency established to assist at-risk youth and their families. In 2015, Lawrence Hall served 615 clients. Clients at Lawrence Hall range in age from 0 to 21 years of age with 81% falling within the 10 to 21 age range. Approximately 72% of the agency clients are African-American, 12% are Latino, 12% are Caucasian and the remaining identify as more than one race. All of the clients in the Child and Family Treatment Center, which is the principle setting for internship training, are male. However, female clients account for 32% of the total agency's client population.

Training Activities: Interns placed at Lawrence Hall maintain an individual caseload of approximately 4 to 5 youth, and are expected to lead therapy and milieu groups.  The Interns have the opportunity to provide intervention services within specialty programs in the center, including the Sexually Problematic Behavior program. Additionally, Interns are required to complete at least assessment batteries within the on-grounds therapeutic day school.   Interns also serve as members of a multidisciplinary treatment team that includes psychologists, social workers, practicum students, a psychiatrist, therapeutic recreation staff, music and art therapists, nurses, and case managers. They provide and receive consultation within this multidisciplinary team on on ongoing basis.

The Forensic Center

Client Demographics: The Forensic Center provides treatment and assessment services to about 300 persons each year, most of whom are court-ordered to seek mental health services by the domestic relations and criminal courts in Cook County. As a Medicaid-authorized provider, The Forensic Center also serves the general community and an increasing number of persons who reside or work in or near Chicago’s Loop. Adults and children of all ages are seen in the Center, and the client base is primarily low-income with about 75 percent living below the Federal Poverty Level. More than 70 percent of clients are African-American, about 15 percent are Latino, and 11 percent are Caucasian.

The Forensic Center is committed to working with underprivileged and marginalized communities with a focus on individuals and families who are involved with the legal system. About 75 percent of our cases are court-ordered by the Cook County Domestic Relations Court to seek services at our clinic. Most of these cases involve families impacted by divorce, child custody matters, and parenting capacity concerns. The Forensic Center is also a demonstration site for the state’s outpatient Fitness Restoration Program. Under a $1.1 million, three-year grant from the Illinois Department of Human Services, the Center provides evaluations and treatment to individuals found unfit to stand trial. Historically, such persons, most of whom have been charged with low-level violations, would have been remanded for psychiatric hospitalization. Our outpatient program now provides the opportunity for such persons to be released to their families and communities while participating in outpatient fitness restoration treatment at the Center. Staff and trainees are highly motivated by the success of this program and its civil liberties implications. The Center’s Fitness Restoration Program is one of only a few nationally and has garnered attention from other states seeking to replicate it.

The Forensic Center is also a Medicaid-authorized community mental health center and increasingly serves low-income referrals who are not court-ordered. Most of these referrals come from community partners, ranging from large hospitals to small social service agencies, who especially value the Center’s expertise in working with families and children.

Training Activities:  The Forensic Center’s intern training experience includes psychological evaluations, treatment, supervision, and mental health consultation. Over the course of the training year, Interns are required to complete a minimum of 8 psychological evaluations. Assessment cases include general evaluations to assess overall functioning as well as more specialized assessments such as parent capacity, child custody, and risk assessments.  Interns use an evidence-based approach to assessments and consider issues of marginalization, diversity, and comorbidity. Interns are expected to maintain a caseload of 10 to 12 treatment clients comprised primarily of individual and family work and encompassing several fitness restoration cases. A typical therapy caseload can include complex family treatment (family systems, parent-child interaction, co-parenting, child therapy), individual work with legally involved persons (general therapy, parenting skills, survivors of abuse and other violence, substance abuse), and fitness restoration cases

Lastly, interns have the opportunity to serve as mental health consultants for a partnering agency to provide trainings about mental health, to conduct needs assessments, and to assist with program evaluation. Interns are also welcome to conduct research within the Center using our existing data sets or by identifying original research opportunities.

The Forensic Center utilizes an intensive training and supervision model that seeks to balance hands-on instruction, demonstration, and observation with support for the trainee’s striving for professional autonomy and confidence. Our facility, which is housed within The Chicago School, is state-of-the-art and includes three one-way window observation rooms and video recording capacity.

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is located in Chicago, Illinois and is dedicated to educating professionals whose practices exemplify a commitment to understand and respect individual and cultural differences. The application of humane professional judgment is achieved through the integration of psychological theory, scientific research, and professional practice. The curriculum and training opportunities prepare graduates to deliver professional services, emphasizing the need to understand diversity and the importance of working with underserved populations.

Employment, Malpractice, and Licensure

Prior to starting the training program, all Interns must provide proof that they have secured malpractice insurance of at least $3M annual aggregate and $1M per incident. The Intern’s academic program may provide student malpractice insurance. If the insurance provided by the Intern’s academic program does not meet this level of coverage the Intern must obtain supplemental malpractice insurance to ensure this level of coverage. Inexpensive student malpractice insurance is available through The American Psychological Association Insurance Trust (APAIT). Interns who need assistance in locating supplemental malpractice should contact the Director of Training as soon as possible.

Proof of insurance coverage will be needed prior to the intern starting any clinical activities at the site. Proof of insurance coverage should be sent to the Director of Training within 1 week of the start of the internship.

Requirements and Application Process

Intern applicants must be in the process of completing a doctoral degree, preferably from an APA-accredited school. In addition, applicants must have completed all course work, practical training, and comprehensive exams prior to starting the doctoral internship.

The position requires solid clinical, leadership, organizational, and communication skills. Doctoral interns must demonstrate the ability to serve as excellent representatives of the program to the training community and as mentors and supervisors to student trainees. Successful candidates must have strong clinical training experiences. The Chicago School and the consortium institutions have received recognition for their commitment to diversity and multicultural education; ideal candidates will bring an appreciation and respect for diversity, experience working with diverse populations, and multicultural competence.

For the 2018-2019 training year, the consortium will participate in the APPIC match process and will utilize the AAPI process (www.appic.org—Click on “AAPI Online”). Please submit all of your materials online through the AAPI online service including:

  • Cover Letter (clearly stating your preference(s) in being considered for consortium sites/rotations and/or whether you would like to be considered for all three position options available)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • AAPI Application (includes essays, DCT’s verification of eligibility and readiness)
  • Official Graduate Transcript(s)
  • 3 letters of Recommendation (1 letter may be from an academic source)
  • Sample Assessment Report (with all confidential information removed/changed)

The CIC is also partially affiliated with The Chicago School, and therefore applicants from The Chicago School will be weighted more during the initial review of applications.

The program will begin on August 19, 2019 and end on August 14, 2020. Positions for the 2017-2018 training year are currently available at Pillars (pillarscommunity.org), Lawrence Hall Youth Services (lawrencehall.org) and the Forensic Center (http://forensiccenter.org/).

Note that: “This internship site agrees to abide by the APPIC policy that no person at this training facility will solicit, accept, or use any ranking-related information from any intern applicant.” (Selection abstracted from APPIC website).

If you have specific questions that are not addressed on the website, please contact:

Megan Pietrucha, PsyD
Senior Director of the Office of Placement & Training, Chicago Campus
325 N Wells, Suite 728
Chicago, IL 60654
[email protected]
(312) 379-1678

Internship FAQs

When is the deadline for applying for the 2017-2018 training year?
12/3/2018

When does the position start?
August 19, 2019

What is the stipend?
$24,500. Doctoral interns are eligible for health benefits.

How many hours per week will I be working?
On average, the doctoral internship requires a 40-50 hour work week, which is fairly typical for the internship year. Each intern works approximately 35-40 hours per week at their clinical rotation, and the rest of the time is at rotating training sites for group supervision, didactics and supplemental supervision.

What types of supervision and didactics are offered?
Each intern has a minimum of 2 hours per week of clinical supervision, 1 ½ hours per week of group supervision/professional development, 1 1/2 hours of supervision of supervision, and 2 hours per week in didactics seminar. Specific placements may have additional requirements and offerings as far as supervision and didactics.

What is the interview process like?
When all applications are reviewed, potential candidates are invited for an interview by December 14, 2018. Interviews will tentatively take place over the week of: January 9-16th for the Forensic Center, January 10-18th for Pillars, and January 11-17th for Lawrence Hall Youth Center. Interview days will be held on-site at the community partner agencies. For phase II, interviews will be offered the week on February 25th and interviews will take place the week of March 9th.

How many positions are being offered?
There are 7 positions available for the 2018-2019 training year.

Where is the internship located?
You will be working at least at two different locations – at The Chicago School campus at 325 N. Wells in Chicago, and the rest of the time at an off-campus clinical placement. Interns are also asked to travel to all four sites on a rotating basis for Monday's training day. Your clinical placement may be located in the city of Chicago or surrounding suburbs. Transportation may play a role in which placements you can seriously consider. A few of the clinical placements may require travel to more than one agency site as well. These details will be determined prior to your start date and will be included in your training contract.

Is the internship open exclusively to students of The Chicago School of Professional Psychology?
No. The CIC is partially affiliated with The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Applicants from other schools are welcome to apply.

Will I be considered for the Post-Doctoral Fellowship Position with The Chicago School?
We encourage our doctoral interns to apply for a Post-Doctoral Fellowship position in our program. While being an intern does not automatically guarantee you a position in the fellowship program, you may be given preference during the interview and selection process.